I'm Kristin LeAnn, a fine art southern wedding photographer based in Raleigh, North Carolina.
I am 30 years old and a native North Carolinan! I am an entrepreneur, artist, photographer, and designer. My obession with art and everything creative means your session is truly exciting for me (and you!) Each session is personalized and designed with each individual in mind. While I strive to provide amazing portraits you will look back on for years to come, the most important thing is the experience.
My love for photography began when I recieved my first camera when I was a young child. I was OBSESSED with that blue Fisher Price camera! My Papa was a huge influencer in my photography. I loved watching slides and looking through photos he took of my Nana. A part of them will live on forever in photographs, which is something I love about photography.
Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my grandparents (Nana and Papa)... and by a lot I mean I probably spent more time with them than my actual parents (love y'all). I started spending the night away from my parents when I was only a year old so I could go to the beach with Nana and Papa... there was never any separation anxiety there!
Spending so much time with them taught me so many things about love, but also photography. I had two absolute favorite things to do when I went over to their house.
1. Look at old pictures. Papa loved photography. When he was younger he worked for Kodak and there were tons of photos he had taken of Nana. My favorite photo was of her in a high waisted bathing suit posing on the beach. She was such a natural in front of the camera. In any photo of the two of them together, the love they had for one another was so apparent. Sitting and talking with Nana about these times will always hold a special place in my heart.
2. Looking at slides on the projector. While nothing can replace holding a photograph in your hands, I am fascinated by slides and love looking at them. Almost every time I saw Papa, I would ask him to bring out the projector because I wanted to look at slides. They were mostly of Nana and their kids (my mom and uncle) but I was the first grand baby and so when I was born, there were slides taken of me as well.
These are some of my favorite memories and so when I think about why I first got into photography, I remember Papa and the affect he had on me and my life.
It wasn't until after Nana passed in 2007 that I realized how little photos I had with them. I wish I had a professional photo of the three of us. I wish the whole family had gotten one last large family portrait. I made it a point after that to take photos of Papa whenever I could. They aren't the best quality (I wish they were) but they are some of the last memories I have of him and I will cherish those forever.
Weddings are a new beginning. The beginning of a couple's future and the rest of their life. There's a certain honor in being able to be a part of that and capture these memories, freeze time. There's no other feeling like it.
Growing up, and even now, I am surrounded by love. The forever, true type of love that I can only imagine. Every time I photograph an engagement, a wedding, I feel that.
My grandparents were married for over 50 years. That's over half a lifetime. My parents are well on their way with almost 30 years of marriage. This type of upbringing makes it so I believe in love and marriage. It makes me proud to be a part of it and I love being able to share that pride when I meet a newly engaged couple and we begin their wedding story.